Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
1490 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Zula Bistro and Wine Bar in historic Over The Rhine is a tapas style restaurant and wine bar. The menu features variety of mussel dishes, cold and hot tapas, and seasonal entrees. The flavor profile concentrates on the countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea. Zula specializes in craft beers and an extensive wine list with large offering of wines by the glass.
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MP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Another poor experience at a formerly great restaurant.

Keep giving them another chance but SLOW service (45 minutes between when we finished our second course and the third course) and lousy mussels will probably make this the last time I go back.

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PJ
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Unbelievably they could not serve us a full dinner in an hour and half . We had an event to go to and we’re very clear upfront about that. We only ordered drinks, salads and a flat bread. The flatbread never came and all we got was a ‘we will take it off the bill and the kitchen is running short staffed’. We ended up going to our event hungry and with shaken confidence that we could ever go back before an event / when there is a time constraint. Very unlike our prior experiences and clearly no one was paying attention to the order of guests/their needs. Truly disappointing

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C
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the pizza oven bar
Our party of three was able to converse easily
While interesting with the cooks and our waiter
Food was artfully prepared and delicious
We had the spring salad, Mediterranean mussels,
Shrimp, arrancini, affragatos and crime brûlée
Everything was delicious
We will be back!

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BF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my Son’s CPA. Great service, great food, beautiful restaurant. Thanks!

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AG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Convenient location to Music Hall, short walk. Prompt service

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was phenomenal, very timely with tasty cocktails. Our waitress was great the only downfall I can comment on is SUPER tight seating

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J
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and the staff was very accommodating. A must try if dining in OTR!

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OT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the wait staff was exceptional. Would definitely go back to this restaurant.

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A
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Except for the fact that your place is much too noisy, it gets high marks from me. Well, the waitress was too attentive, which is better than ignoring us. Otherwise, the food was absolutely great and just the right amount. Good for sharing.

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MH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband I went for dinner before a play and the wait staff was very respectful of our schedule. Food was delicious. My only feedback would be to include a roll with the mussels so we could enjoy the yummy sauce without having to pay extra and ending up with too much bread.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service from appetizer to dessert . The Curry Mussels were absolute amazing. Order the bread basket to dip into the sauce.

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A
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Brussel Sprouts flatbread!!!

Zula Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you much.

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P
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flatbreads that we ordered we delicious and a generous portion. The ambience was nice and I enjoyed the night.

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KG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zula’s dependable excellence makes it my top recommendation in OTR. The food is as delicious as it is attractive when it arrives at the table. The wait staff is knowledgeable. Washington Park and Music Hall make a lovely stroll after dinner. It’s everything I want in a restaurant.

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s
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

They stuck us at the only table in the very back. That was kind of sucky. If I wasn't busy dealing with the incorrect amount charged by the bartender I would have had us moved. The place is great. Just not the best night.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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RL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel at the bar took excellent care of us. We’ll be back

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B
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I have eaten at Zula's several times but this time was a disappointment. I made a reservation days in advance to celebrate a birthday and I requested a "great table". When we arrived we were given a table in the back of the restaurant (not what we had in mind). Our service was not good . When our bill was brought to us a server said the table next to us took care of part of the bill but she was unable to tell us what they paid for...a glass of wine, a bottle ...who knows : / There was no mention or acknowledgment of my friend's birthday. So why ask when making the reservation. I'll eat there again but not for a special occasion . I'll be dining at the bar

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HO
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The mussel and the flatbread is one of my favorites, with a great wine selection. The location is also very great since it's right between Vine st and the Washington park and the music hall. It's a great place to get dinner and drinks before a show at the music hall.

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LE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at this restaurant far more than I should. But when the food is incredible, the staff is hospitable and warming, and the ambiance is beautiful, balanced and somehow perfectly similar to the vibe of NYC, why not??

I notice something new to love every time I come here. Upon my most recent visit, I was nestled by the front window which allowed me to realized how perfectly stationed the restaurant actually is on the corner of Race Street. The view from my table reminded me of my days in New York City, dining with a good friend whilst enjoying the view of the park, people walking by and of course, the city itself.

At this point, I've tried every single crud on the menu. It's safe to say each and every one is executed to perfection with perfectly balance flavors. Each one melts in your mouth and the burst of flavor is so refreshing. The ingredients are clearly quality. For me, that's when you know a good dish. When the ingredients can speak for themselves and commingle in a way that creates a dish with a unique flavor profile without compromising the ingredients themselves.

The wine list is superb. This time around, however, I went with one of my new favorite sparkling wines as well as a cocktail! I'm a Bourbon gal and I often prefer my bourbon straight, no ice with a splash of lime. But this cocktail was perfect. The bourbon sang without being overpowered by too much sweetness and of course, lemon and bourbon is always a good mix.

Lastly, the mussels! Again, being a rather frequent diner I am working my way through the entire menu. The mussels are incredible of course. So far, I've indulged in the Thai Mussels, the New Orleans Mussels, the French Classic Mussels. While I've still got quite a while to go before I finish them all, I must say that I can't even choose a favorite. The broths are packed with so much flavor and each unique flavor profile sings its own tune exceptionally.

I really can't rave about this place enough.

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NC
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food great service.

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c
Cincinnati
292 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the flat bread oven bar and had a great show from the chefs. We were going to a show and they had our food out promptly and delightful.

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m
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place to spend an evening with a friend or group of people.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth visit to Zula but the first time I've invited guests from out of town. We opted to order appetizers, mussels and flatbreads to share. Everything was outstanding! I had the curry mussels for the first time and they rivaled the fungi mussels... my all time favorites! My husband and I are already making plans for our next visit so that we can try some of the other mussels.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife and I travel a LOT, so date night is extremely important to us. Zula checked all the boxes, Food was phenomenal, Server (Emily) was one of the best we've had in the city and would definitely recommend. Can't control who sits next to you and she certainly didn't know how to "maintain low tones", nevertheless the company next to us would never deter us from visiting or recommending Zula.

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PD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

When I made a days in advance, 6.00pm reservation (early-ish for a Sat. night), I assumed I was reserving a table. Instead, my boyfriend and I were seated in two cramped corner seats at the long table next to where the sous chef works. They have way too many people crammed at those tables, with a relentless stream of host, server, and patron traffic one inch from the bodies of guests trying to enjoy their dinner. Very uncomfortable. We asked the server if we could be reseated in one of the three open tables for two, but were told, no, those are for people with reservations! The food was excellent, as always, but we won't be back anytime soon.

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W
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an excellant experiance!

Been here a number of times and I plan on many more!

Great food! Dang good wine list... and staff is always awesome!!

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PJ
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Zula - wonderful place to eat pre-post Washington Park area events!

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r
Cincinnati
51 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Usual good mussels and flatbread, service OK, always an interesting crowd

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OT
Cincinnati
74 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Don’t sit at the community table if you want room to move your arms. It is way to cramped. And when I made reservations I definitely would have said no to sitting there. The waitresses are always trying to squeeze your food and drink over your shoulders. The dropped a salad plate and got beer juice on one customers pale pink sweater. Need to have two less seats there.

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DA
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily welcomed us back and provided excellent and friendly service

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VT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal again at Zula. We always enjoy dinner at Zula!

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ED
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love Zula's - my new favorite in OTR.....Especially like their Classic French Mussels (make sure to get the bread to dip in the sauce!) - Thai mussels are good as well....Their salted caramel creme brulee is so silky and amazing.....I've been there several times and have liked everything so far.....Like the way their wine menu is set up - easier to choose with a good amount of price choices.....Our table was in the main dining room and was a bit noisy with some difficulty hearing across the table.

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marseille Mussels and great wine and cava made a great date night. This is one of the top tier restaurants in Cincinnati with such an engaging vibe. My fave!

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Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Muscles ...fresh, hot, silky and flavorful...superb! Beet salad...treat for the eyes and big flavor...superb! Bread... tender and chewy inside to absorb the lovely broth and crusty enough to hold up to the broth...superb! Service by Jamey... friendly, accommodating, efficient...superb!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as alwsys

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RS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Every dish we try is amazing in flavor and appearance! The mussels are all great too!

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time Visiting Zula (on a Wednesday-5:30) and it was a wonderful experience! Food Was Prepared to Perfection, Wait Staff-FABULOUS! I have told at least 15 friends about this wonderful restaurant in OTR since my visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was friendly and food was delicious.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service was great . For the last 2 times we sat in the back and both times we were seated next to a very noisy tables . They were very loud that we could not hear each other talking . We asked the server to ask them to be respectful of others but nothing changed. We left as soon as we finished dinner . I feel that it is management responsibility to keep things under control. After all it’s a dining area not a club.
Thanks

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